Date: 
Monday, October 21, 2013

New National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools

In this press release, Robin Lake congratulates NCSECS on its launch and mission to create opportunities for excellence for all students, especially students with disabilities.

Excerpt from PR Newswire:

Today, in response to a compelling need in the charter school sector, the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools (NCSECS) is announcing its launch at the National Association of Charter School Authorizers' (NACSA) 2013 Leadership Conference. This new nonprofit organization is the first to focus solely on proactively working with states, authorizers, charter and special education advocates and other stakeholders to improve access, create dynamic learning opportunities and address barriers that may impede charter schools enrolling and effectively educating students with disabilities.

Co-founder and executive director of NCSECS, Lauren Morando Rhim explained, "Two decades into the evolution of the charter sector, we have witnessed exciting innovations and expanded opportunities for students in dozens of communities. Yet, to date, many of these new autonomous schools have not developed exemplary programs for students with disabilities. It is this dilemma that we want to help solve."

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A diverse group of thought leaders have congratulated NCSECS on its launch and strongly support their mission to create opportunities for excellence for all students, especially students with disabilities.

Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Co-chair of the Senate Charter School Caucus, "My hope is that every public school- traditional, charter or independent- will focus on helping every child succeed. Charters have the flexibility to do that and their effort to support children with special needs is important. With the right family and community support in schools, all children can learn to be contributing citizens."

"We look forward to partnering with the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools in this important work," stated Robin Lake, director, Center on Reinventing Public Education. Together, we will invest in rigorous research to determine best practices and inform policy and practice so that we can improve the access and achievement of all students, including those with disabilities."

Read the full press release.